Election update: Encinitas candidates ahead in Super Tuesday races

Regional propositions headed to defeat with one exception


Election Day. (Photo by Element5 Digital, Unsplash)

North Coast Current

Encinitas-based officeholders and candidates made headway or held onto their seats based on preliminary results from March 3’s Super Tuesday elections.

About 350,000 ballots remained to be counted as of 5 p.m. Wednesday, March 4, according to the county Registrar of Voters website. Countywide voter turnout was estimated to be about 28%.

Democrat Tasha Boerner Horvath held on to her 76th District Assembly seat (53.70%) against Carlsbad Republican challenger Melanie Burkholder (46.30%) with 100% of precincts reporting, according to the results.

Encinitas resident and incumbent county District 3 Supervisor Kristin Gaspar may be headed to a November face-off with Cardiff resident Terra Lawson-Remer depending on the full returns, according to the county Registrar of Voters. As of 5 p.m. Wednesday with 100% precincts reporting, Gaspar had a significant lead of 46.26% over Lawson-Remer’s 29.08%. Escondido City Council member Olga Diaz was at 24.66%. Depending on final results, Diaz or Lawson-Remer will run against Gaspar in November.

For the 76th Assembly District Democratic County Central Committee, Cardiff resident Francine Busby was a top vote-getter among six seats with 10.08%, followed by Oceanside City Council member Esther C. Sanchez with 8.98%.

In Carlsbad, Cori Schumacher was ahead (46.88%) in the District 1 City Council race against Tracy Carmichael (32.59%) and Simon Angel (12.86%).

Local measures on the way to defeat

In countywide propositions, Measure A, which calls for putting General Plan amendments for housing development to a vote of residents, was losing in a razor-thin result of 51% to 49%. Measure B, which seeks approval for the Newland Sierra development north of Escondido, was losing 58.35% to 41.65%.

Del Mar residents said no to a proposal to build a resort on an open plot of coastal property — Measure G. The proposition was losing 58.30% to 41.70%.

Oceanside Measure K, which asks whether the city clerk and treasurer should be appointed by the city manager, was losing by a significant margin — 74.41% to 25.59%.

Bucking the downward trend by a slim margin, Escondido residents were barely voting in support of Measure Q, a $205 million bond proposition for the Escondido Union School District. The proposition was supported just over half of city voters, according to returns — 50.87% in favor; 49.13% against.

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